The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited



Date:  30th July 2020

                             Issue: 90


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.

Please note that the staff will be working from home and can be contacted on the details below during our usual office hours 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Our email address will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846.
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Summer Activities for Children in Chesterfield Survey

Are you organising summer activities for children and families?

We would like to hear about them so that we can spread the news.

If you would like to be included please complete the survey below.

Help Needed in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Survey

We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do.  Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area. 

However, there are still people needing help, mainly for shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to talk to; and they could be your neighbours. 

Are you doing this in your local area or do you know of any people who have got together and are offering neighbourly support to people in need?

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey so that you can be added to the list of help in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here -

Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

Comprehensive directory providing details such as:

  • national and local resources
  • support on how to stay active as well as health and wellbeing information
  • where to get home food deliveries as well as emergency food provision
  • personal and business financial support and guidance
  • resources for children and parents

The directory can be accessed here -

Please use the contact link at the top of the page to suggest corrections or contributions to the information in the directory, making sure you select ‘other.’


Included in this bulletin:

Asian Association - Cooking Class

Active Derbyshire

Newsletter Aimed At Supporting the Elderly Over the Summer and During C19

Urgent deadline - School Travel Survey - Deadline 31st July 2020

Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter - August 2020

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

Flexible Future of Your Workers: HR Training FREE

Deafblind support chat group

Fairplay Gift Emporium reopens

Eid Mubarak!

Derbyshire VCS Survey


Recent Messages you may have missed

Appeal after Portland Hotel affray

Sent 1 days ago by Carole Woodall

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


PCC Dhindsa discusses local concerns with residents of North East Derbyshire

Sent 3 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


Introducing our new Safety in Neighbours burglary campaign

Sent 3 days ago by Cheryl Spruce

On behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


PCC unveils preferred candidate for Derbyshires next Chief Constable

Sent 3 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


Cyclist left seriously injured following collision at Whitmoor Roundabout

Sent 4 days ago by Melissa O'Gorman

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


Warning after criminals use new tactic to dupe people selling cars

Sent 5 days ago by Carole Woodall

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


Fear of rise in disability hate crime

Sent 6 days ago by Cheryl Spruce

On behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


PCC doubles funding scheme for Neighbourhood Watch

Sent 7 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


National role for Derbyshire PCC

Sent 10 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


Chance to speak about policing concerns in Chesterfield

Sent 10 days ago by North Division

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


Message Sent By

David Braziel (NWN, Communications Administrator, Devon & Cornwall)

Urgent deadline - School Travel Survey - Deadline 31 July 2020

Derbyshire County Council are conducting an active travel survey aimed at parents and guardians to find out:

  1. How your child travelled to school before the COVID-19 lockdown started.
  2. How your child will go to school in September.
  3. If there’s anything that we can do to encourage walking, scooting or cycling to school.

The closing date is Friday, 31st July 2020 and we would like to get as many responses as possible.

Please share throughout your networks as appropriate.

To view eNewsletter please click link below

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

It's now the law to wear face coverings in public places in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

These include in:

  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping centres
  • Post offices
  • Shopping centres
  • Takeaways
  • Food 'to go' outlets
  • Public transport such as buses and trains
  • Enclosed transport hubs

For the latest advice on face coverings, how to wear them and how to make your own,visit the government website here.

It's Breast Feeding Awareness week from August 1 to August 7.

This year the theme looks at how breast feeding is not only great for mums and babies, but it is also good for our planet's health too.

To get more help and support around breastfeeding you can visit the Derbyshire Healthy Family Service here.

You can also find the Derbyshire Breast Feeding network closest to you here.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government has launched Test and Trace.

Find out more about Test and Trace on the NHS website here.

You can learn more about the local response to Coronavirus on Derbyshire County Council's website here.

Thursday 13th August 10.00-11.00am


A FREE online session about HR & supporting your employees for Community & Voluntary Third Sector organisations or groups in Chesterfield and immediate surrounding areas.

How to support people returning to work after lockdown and learn from those who have worked from home throughout. A recent survey by Westfield Health found that the UK workforce is divided between those who are keen to get back to a sense of normality and those wanting to safeguard their newfound flexibility.

How can employers cater for these different needs and concerns?

Issues covered include a flexible furlough scheme; managing performance and expectations; employee benefits; flexible leave options; re-induction; mini-appraisals; supporting work-life balance; exploring the lessons from lockdown and any resulting improvements which could be made e.g. fewer meetings.

More info and booking here.

Fairplay are pleased to announce that the Fairplay Gift Emporium has reopened this month‼️

Please visit the Fairplay Gift Emporium page to see the “Special Summer. Offers”, which Fairplay’s young people will be hard at work sorting.

Derbyshire VCS Survey

If you haven’t yet completed our ‘Covid and Beyond’ survey: There’s still time!  

Calling community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises of all kinds and all sizes, from all parts of Derby City and Derbyshire.

Tell us about your experience of the last few extraordinary months, and what support you need – and win a £25 supermarket voucher!

Closing date now extended to MONDAY 10 AUGUST

We *STILL* want to hear from you – whether you’re an established organisation,a new informal mutual aid / neighbourhood groups; a faith organisation, parish council or food banks responding to the crisis.

All completed surveys will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 x £25 supermarket vouchers!

Covid and Beyond: Survey of Voluntary Organisations, Social Enterprise, Community, Mutual Aid and CV19 response groups in Derby & Derbyshire

We want to find out, capture and share:

  • All the good work that you have been doing to make sure that people affected by COVID, especially the most vulnerable, have been supported.
  • What you have learned and experienced
  • What the impact has been on your organisation
  • Crucially, we also want to know what support and resources you will need in future, so that we can make sure that you get this

The survey should take about 20 minutes, and will ask questions about:

  • Your organisation (what you do, where you work, who you support and your annual income)
  • What you have been doing (if anything) to support people during COVID (including the kinds of support you have provided, the numbers of people you have helped and the number of volunteers who have been involved).
  • The impact of COVID on your organisation, including your income, staff (if any), volunteer numbers, levels of demand, needs and geographical differences.
  • Your experience of COVID – what the challenges have been, what you have learned – and what support you will need going forward.

Click here to start the survey

This survey is being carried out by the 3D (Third Sector Support for Derbyshire) network of local CVS, Volunteer Centres and other local voluntary sector support organisations working in partnership with public sector colleagues.

If you have any questions, or if would rather complete the survey on paper or as a Word document, or if you need someone to help you fill it in please email   

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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